Rep. Cheape addresses HB 174 – Relating to Food Labeling

RELATING TO FOOD LABELING.
Report Title: Genetically Engineered Organisms; Produce; Labeling; Import
Description: Requires all imported genetically engineered fresh produce sold in Hawaii to be labeled as “genetically engineered”. Requires disclosure of genetic engineering and compliance with recommendations of the Invasive Species Council upon import. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB174 HD1)

Reported from AGR (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 253) as amended in HD 1, recommending passage on Second Reading and referral to CPC.
2/8/2013 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on CPC with Representative(s) Fale, Fukumoto, Oshiro, Tsuji, Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Cachola, Har, McDermott excused (3).

Contact: repcheape@capitol.hawaii.gov

Reps. Thielen and Ward Address HB 497 – Tax Credit

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
Report Title:  Renewable Energy Technology; Tax Credit
Description:  Amends the tax credit for renewable energy technologies. Applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012. (HB497 HD1)

Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on CPC with Representative(s) Fale, Hanohano, Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Cachola, Har, McDermott excused (3).

2/8/2013 H Bill scheduled to be heard by CPC on Monday, 02-11-13 3:30PM in House conference room 325.

Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov or repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

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Rep. Ward addresses HB1368 – Relating to Education (General Excise tax)

RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Report Title: General Excise Tax; Use Tax
Description: Increases the General Excise Tax and Use Tax in certain instances by an unspecified amount. Directs the deposit of tax revenue into an unspecified account for unspecified purposes. Effective January 20, 2020. (HB1368 HD1)

2/8/2013 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on EDN with Representative(s) Evans, Hanohano, Hashem, Jordan, Morikawa voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Cheape, Fale, Fukumoto, Johanson, Thielen, Ward voting no (6) and Representative(s) Cachola, Har, McDermott excused (3).

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Fale addresses HB 357- Single-Use checkout Bag Fee

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Report Title: Environment; Environmental Protection; Single-Use Checkout Bags; Fee; Appropriation ($)
Description: Requires certain businesses in the State to collect a ten-cent fee for each single-use checkout bag provided to customers. Allows businesses to retain a specified portion of fees, subject to income and general excise taxes. Directs use of fee revenues to fund programs to mitigate the effects of single-use checkout bags and protect Hawaii’s fresh water supply. Establishes provisions relating to violations, injunctive and other relief, county ordinances, business reporting, and audit authority. Requires annual report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB357 HD1)

Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on CPC with Representative(s) Aquino, Cabanilla, Cheape, Cullen, Hashem, Johanson, Morikawa, Ward, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fale, Fukumoto, Hanohano, Jordan, Oshiro voting no (5) and Representative(s) Cachola, Har, McDermott excused (3).
2/8/2013 H Bill scheduled to be heard by CPC on Monday, 02-11-13 3:30PM in House conference room 325.

Contact: repfale@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV